The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) and the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) were honored by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) with the E Pluribus Unum award. The E Pluribus Unum award recognizes outstanding immigrant integration programs. Illinois was one of four recognized nationally in 2010.
It is the intent of ICIRR and DHS to utilize these award funds to invest in the future of immigrant and refugee rights and integration work. With this in mind, ICIRR and DHS will offer four one- time scholarships of $3,000.00 each for the 2011/2012 college enrollment year. The scholarships are to assist financially deserving foreign born students who have the potential and desire to further their education and pursue career goals in the Human Services field. The scholarship money will be paid directly to the University.
1. Applicant is foreign born.
2. Applicant must be a graduate of an Illinois Highschool or equivalent.
3. Applicant will be an incoming college freshman or undergraduate.
4. Student must be accepted and planning to enroll full time in a 4 year accredited Illinois Public College or University in the upcoming 2011/2012 year. Verification of enrollment must be sent to scholarship donor if selected for scholarship.
5. Student must be pursuing a career in the public sector with intent to work in the Human Service field.
6. Student must write an essay (500-750 words typed) that summarizes:
a. What being an immigrant means to you and how it will shape your career aspirations.
b. What do you want to study and the degree you seek to attain?
c. What contribution(s) do you hope to make in future immigrant and refugee issues.
7. Applicant must submit a letter of recommendation written on your behalf by an employer, counselor, advisor or professor/teacher.
8. Applicant must demonstrate Financial need
2. Essay: In 500 - 700 words typed, please answer the following questions: What being an immigrant means to you and how it will shape your career aspirations.
What do you want to study and the degree you seek to attain? What contributions(s) do you hope to make in future immigrant and refugee issues.
Letters of Recommendations (maximum 2):
3. Written on your behalf by an employer, counselor, advisor or professor/teacher. The letter should highlight your academic and/or community
achievements as well as your financial need for this scholarship. Ask the sponsor to seal the letter, sign across the seal, and return it to you. Submit the
sealed recommendation letters with your application.
Please submit your completed application materials by March 15. Stop by the CCRC for a copy of the application.